Summer of Travel 2014: At Harvard
Aug 18, 2014 Cambridge, MA
While Conley Dr. gets transformed into a swan, Tim & I have been
making 2014 the summer of Travel.
We've been living in the Enterprise, nearly continually, since
selling the Naperville house on July 2. What's interesting is that I'm
loving it. Lets face it, this is living small--our "house" is a 24 foot
motorhome that rarely sees the slide used since we're not often in
campgrounds or even normal motorhome spots. Tonight is a great example.
I've said for years that the coolest thing about motorhome travel is
that my back yard is wherever we put that door and, right now, we've
living on Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. We spent the day hanging out
enjoying the fascinating atmosphere here, starting with a visit to their
impressive museum of natural history.
We got here early when parking was no problem and, being Sunday,
there was no cost. As long as we're outta here by 8AM we've got a place
to stay. Tomorrow morning we're going into Boston to walk Freedom Trail
and do whatever else the mood moves us to. Being Monday the parking
meters will be hungry so we'll be making periodic trips back to satiate
their small stomachs. They can't take more than 2-hour hours worth of
quarters at a time. We can park as long as we keep feeding them every
That's the plan, anyway, but we're remain flexible. If that doesn't
work we'll move to plan B, not that we have one yet, but it doesn't
Airspace & Law for Ultralights
Yesterday was momentous: the video went out for replication. We were
parked in a Framingham shopping center when I finished so I walked to a
nearby post office to mail a pair of master copies in two different
envelopes (just in case one met with calamity).
This has been my most ambitious project to date so getting it out of
my hands was a big deal. I've been working so intently for so long I
forgot what it was like not to constantly have it looming overhead.
I've enjoyed the snot out our travels, make no mistake, but much of
it has been a blur with me working away in back while Tim captains the
ship, miles slipping by, mostly unnoticed. I've been extremely focused
over the last few months, moving back and forth between the various
applications that made it possible. Most of the time is, not
surprisingly, in the editor. Realize that something onscreen is either
moving, appearing, or changing every few seconds even when it's not
noticed by the viewer. With a 2+ hour running time that's an ENORMOUS
But now it's done, really done, including the artwork for both disc
and insert. After wrapping up editing there was still "authoring" to do
where the DVD menuing structure is built at tested. Then getting it to
fit on a disc was a chore and required using Dual Layer discs which
requires a different writer. Having to press these increases media cost
slightly but that pales in comparison to the amount of hours spent.
Now I can relax. For the most part. I've written a trailer and will
probably record the audio at 2am when it's quite. We're still parked at
Harvard and the street music has faded with the crowds melting away
leaving a pretty serene setting. Poor Tim will have to endure my few
minutes of recording. Setting up the recording equipment is a bit of a
pain but, believe me, the quality is worth it.
Paramotor & Paragliding
We have gotten to do some flying but only a few days since leaving
IL. Mostly it's been sightseeing, hiking, visiting friends and endless
editing. I did do some free flying at Warren dunes and took a sled ride
at Saugatuck's Dune. The day we arrived there were other pilots coming
back who kept telling me how good it was earlier. Thanks guys. Sure
enough, by the time I got there it was almost completely cross so I set
up on a little jutting arm of sand but it was just too weak to actually
soar. I still enjoyed the 15 second flight down.
For the first time I made it to Terry Lutke's fly-in at Holland, MI.
Unfortunately sucky weather kept us from actually flying there although
others had gone up in previous days. It's always good to mingle.
Missing OSH & Travel Hell
Up until a few days before we didn't know whether we'd make it
to Oshkosh. But after realizing that we really had no need to go back to
Chicago we decided to head East. That meant missing the world's largest
airshow for the first time in many years. It also meant that I couldn't
do my paramotor presentation but, thankfully, Phil Adkison came to the
rescue (thank you!).
It's weird not being in Naperville anymore. It's like we've been cast
adrift with only a distant destination of FL. Eventually. That's cool,
though, being that flexible. I've only had to go to work a few times
and, let me tell you, commuting sucks. My last work event was a
Checkride in Dallas while we were in Buffalo, NY. I don't have enough
time to retell that little horror tale but suffice it to say that I got
to stay overnight in an airport. Thanks to Delta for finally getting me
back. It was all my fault, too. Note to self: flexibility isn't always
the way to go--make a reservation, even if you don't use it!
A minor aside, that was my last standard 737 checkride. Next time
I'll be under the new training program and should only be going to DAL
once a year instead of twice a year.
That's all for now, I've got one more recording to do: the Airspace